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R.I.P. - Bandit [Jun. 10th, 2009|04:13 pm]
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R.I.P. Bandit "The Baron Pugkonen" Farrell.
02/26/00 - 06/10/09
You will be missed my sweet boy.

We had to take our pug, Bandit, to the vet today. He was having breathing problems, and when I looked into his mouth, his tongue was almost white! Bandit passed out on the exam table due to lack of oxygen, and the doctors took him back to get him on oxygen, and get some x-rays. There was a large mass in his chest (whether fluid, a hernia, or a tumor, they don't know), and they did not think he would make it through surgery to find out which. We made the tough decision to have him euthanised, with all his people (except his boy) there as he went. Please hug your pets for us tonight.
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Dogs Australia. [Dec. 9th, 2005|11:29 am]
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Hi there. My name is Naomi. I've recently started a livejournal community for Australian dog owners. This is not specific to animal welfare, but I hope that it may be a springboard for local community cohesion concerning animal welfare. It is also a place where people can share pictures of and stories about their dogs as well as potentially discuss local animal issues, including laws, fostering and animal transportation. If you feel you may be interested please join up by clicking here: dogs_australia

See also our sister community: pets_australia

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(no subject) [Aug. 20th, 2005|12:09 pm]
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I know this doesn't have a lot to do with the theme of the community, and I'm sorry if it doesn't belong here, but I was so horrified by the story, I felt the need to bring it to the attention of all animal lovers

CHICAGO -- Police are hoping surveillance tape that captures a woman and the dog she was walking begin struck by a hit-and-run driver will lead to an arrest.
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I made a $10.00 donation. Maybe I'm a huge softy, but I couldn't stop crying after reading the article and reading his adoption page... I can't even imagine what it was like for the poor thing being blind and not understanding what was happening or why.

(x-posted to boston_puglick, boston_buddies, pug_pics, and pugs)
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(no subject) [Mar. 29th, 2005|08:43 am]
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Over the weekend Bandit started favoring his back leg and refused to use or put any weight on it. We thought it may be a pinched nerve or a pulled muscle, as we could stretch his legs out and he would be fine and walk somewhat normally for a few moments.

Mom took him to the vet yesterday and, among a plethora of genetic defects found while doing x-rays, it was determined that he had a luxated patella, an injury very common in small dog breeds. Kittsy had a luxated patella when she was a puppy and had the corrective surgery, and to see her today, you'd never know.

The problem we are facing is that if we opt to do the surgery, it's going to run us around $2000.00, and to be quite honest, at the moment, we just don't have that kind of money. Mom is taking him to a specialist to see what all can be done, but the financial worry is still there. It's not that we have a problem shelling out the cash, since he's part of the family, but it's just a matter of where to get it!

Mom is also looking at all the genetic defects that were discovered, and wondering if he is going to have a decent quality of life as he gets older. He's got issues with his spine, arthritis, displaced hips, and the risk that the other patella may luxate. She has found herself questioning whether just having him euthanized would be more humane.

I can't help but point out that our horse had many similar issues in her older life and had a wonderful quality of life. By the same standards that she is using, we should have had Jubilee put down shortly after we bought her, but instead we took care of her and made sure she never wanted for anything for the rest of her life. When she became too sore to ride, we sent her up to Phelan in the high desert to spend the remainder of her life running and playing with our friends foals. When her arthritis got so bad that she couldn't get up any longer and treatments were no longer working, we made the choice that it would be the most loving thing we could to to have her euthanized. We were blessed to have had her for the time we did, and I feel she was truly lucky that we found her when we did.

And yet, in the same token, I think Bandit deserves that chance too. He's only 4, and has shown no signs of any complications from these defects in the past. These issues have not stopped him from living a normal doggie life, and I honestly don't think that they will come into play, if they ever do, until later in his life. While a the surgery to fix his patella is going to be pricey, the thought of having him euthanized based on "what if" just seems sort of wrong to me.

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X-Posted to: sanguine_void, boston_puglick, pirate_pets, pugs
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(no subject) [Feb. 6th, 2005|01:18 pm]
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Well, I don't exactly have a pirate dog, or anything, but I do have a fish with one eye. And he's been living with only one eye for two years! That must be some sort of record... He's actually my mother's fish (I "rescued" him when I was working at a petstore, and she took him) and she keeps changing his name to different famous pirates. She tried to call him Jack Sparrow at first, but I pointed out that he has no eyepatch. So she's trying to think of a one eyed pirate, still.

I also have a cat who has both eyes, but he has a genetic disorder in one of his eyes, so sometimes it looks very different. I have a picture of him when his eye looks bad.
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He also has another "unique" quality. Before I adopted him, someone had broken his tail in a door, so he literally has a 90 degree kink in his tail.
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Pirate Pet... [Nov. 17th, 2004|02:57 pm]
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I realized something, I have a pirate pet of a different kind! Our male pug has a "peg leg". One of his legs is paralyzed, so he limps all of the time. Just a thought. G'day!
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(no subject) [Nov. 14th, 2004|10:43 pm]
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Heres the pic of her...lol I had to share. She looks imbarrassed in a way. Dont worry she only had those on long enough for the pic. =P

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hi! [Nov. 12th, 2004|05:57 pm]
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Im new, but thats kinda obvious.
So I thought I'd post a pic of my dog soxx.
She is sopposed to be half pug/shitzu..but I dunno

But...for some reason the pic wouldnt show. Maybe soon Ill get it to work.
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Head Shy... [Oct. 27th, 2004|11:40 am]
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Since Bandit's surgery, we've been pretty worried that he would become head shy. I have to say, we were lucky! Does anyone else have an animal that likes to have the surgery site handled and rubbed?

Bandit loves to have that side of his face rubbed and touched, and leans into the caresses more than ever before. We've been highly considering getting he and Kittsy a set of Doggles (thanks minimac), so we wanted to make sure that he'd be able to wear them without upsetting him. As it looks now, we'll have no problems!

He's really adapted well since the surgery and I am so pleased with his progress. He's stopped running into things as much, and is getting better with his depth perception. The wound itself has healed quite nicely, and it looks really clean. Yet another reason to love his vet!

They had to tranquilize him to get his stitches out though. We took him in on a Tuesday and he just wasn't being cooperative at all. The vet laughed and said normally it was a lot easier, since he had a nose to grab onto, but in Bandit's case, tranquilization would help keep his stress level down. So we had to take him back that Thursday to have everything done. While he was under, they micro-chipped him and gave him his distemper shots. All and all, a really productive visit

Please, if you feel like it, promote this community as much as you can! Make sure it is allowed in the specific communities you are posting to, as I don't want to step on any toes. We're having a slow start, and I'd like to see this place flourish. Everyone is welcome, so please make it a point to get out there and spread the word!

Also, please feel free to share your stories, pictures and anything you'd like! The more posts this place has, the more willing people will be to join! And I love reading all about all the wonderful pets out there that are overcoming eye injuries!
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Welcome to Pirate Pets! [Oct. 9th, 2004|03:19 pm]
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If you're reading this, then chances are you're either from pugs, pug_pics, boston_buddies, my journal, Kittsy and Bandit's journal (boston_puglick), or you were just lucky enough to do a interest search that matched one of ours.

I'd like to welcome you and thank you for joining! I hope that we can grow to be a strong and helpful community, as well as a support group for those who are going through the stress and heartache of having to have one of their pets eyes removed. With everyones support and participation, I have no doubt that we can become something really awesome, and a huge force in the animal world!

Please take a moment to read over the User Info. Nothing too out of the ordinary, but it's just a good practice, so that everyone is on the same wavelength while here! Most of all, enjoy your stay, and if you know of any others that might like this community, please feel free to advertise (if allowed) so that we can spread the word!
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